Baby Boy

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

le models. Raised without a father, Jody has no job, two children by separate women, and a mother (A. J. Johnson) who wants him to grow up and take responsibility. But what does it mean to grow up? What rite of passage is there? Yvette (Taraji Henson), his true love, detests his sleeping around. His best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding) sells drugs because he cant find a legitimate job. Jody worries his mother will start getting abused by her rough ex-con boyfriend (Ving Rhames). As he tries to improve his life and make things work with Yvette, Jodys troubles only multiply when her ex-boyfriend (Snoop Dogg) gets out of prison. In this compelling drama, director John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD) gives us another look into the harsh reality that is often part of inner-city, black culture.

Positive elements of BABY BOY include efforts by most of the lead characters to improve their lives, despite the many obstacles they face. Jody wants to become responsible but just does not know how. Sweetpea expresses a desire for baptism and kneels and prays for guidance, though his actions reveal a lack of trust in God. Unfortunately though, the film contains many negative elements including multiple graphic and implied premarital sex scenes and some unconventional acts, all with nudity. Sexually suggested dialogue and action is littered throughout. The dialogue is wall-to-wall crude language, obscenities and profanities with over 130 f-words and nearly 100 s-words. Although director John Singleton could argue that the film would not be realistic without it, talented filmmakers can produce very realistic depictions without resorting to the excesses of this movie. And we strongly reject the belief that any event which is "realistic" is acceptable as part of a film. Sex, vulgar language and violence are real, but when portrayed graphically and incessantly, they become harmful to the moral, psychological and spiritual health of the audience. BABY BOY is a blatant example of such excesses.

Preview Reviewer: John Barber
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (137) times - Mild 16, moderate 121

Obscene Language: Many (235) times - F-word 131, s-word 85, other 19

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 11 (GD 10, G); exclamatory 3 (OMG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (men and women hit by others, men fight each other, man shot)

Sex: Several times - graphic and implied, (premarital couples in bed, unconventional sex implied)

Nudity: Several times (male/female rear; female breast; female side); Near Nudity - Many times (low cut blouses; skimpy clothing; women in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (dialogue about strippers/ unconventional sex, self-gratification reference; condoms discussed)

Drugs: Many times (Alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking; selling, growing, and smoking marijuana portrayed)

Other: Church baptism shown; man prays for guidance; abortion implied; attempted rape

Running Time: 128 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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